We’ve said it time and again, but comprehensive, crisis management planning, while essential, is only the first step towards crisis preparedness. No matter how brilliant, dynamic, or intuitive your crisis plan is, when the time comes to execute, staff still needs to be comfortable performing assigned tasks. And that entails, regular training in crisis-like conditions. How, then, to create those conditions?
When compliance aims drive your crisis planning, they do so to your detriment. I know, sounds a little counter-intuitive, especially when regulators mandate that businesses prepare emergency plans for the workplace.
It’s December, and the new year approaches. But before we usher in 2019, let’s take a look back on the year in corporate crisis.
For retailers, the holiday season means big bucks. Last year's, the most robust in a decade, saw sales top $690 billion in the U.S. alone. Add in European sales, and that figure jumps up to one trillion dollars.
A run-through of what happened
How prepared are organizations to tackle critical issues and major crises? That’s the question we at Noggin alongside our partner Deloitte posed to invited customers in an inaugural series of breakfast seminars exploring the theme of overconfidence and crisis preparedness.
California is ablaze. Northern California’s Camp Fire has already become the deadliest in the state’s history. The Woolsey fire, rampaging through heavily-populated Los Angeles and Ventura counties, is comparable in size to the city of Denver. For crisis leaders, it’s past time to dust of those corporate crisis plans and get serious about severe weather preparedness.
How much did corporate reputations slump during the financial crisis? A lot, at least according to industry actors at the time. For instance, when polled in 2009, 85 percent of executives agreed that the public’s trust in business had diminished.
GDPR has officially been on the books for a few months now. So what do the new regulations mean for the world of finance?
Cyber-criminals are unrelenting
The numbers in last month’s Facebook data breach were big. All told, 30 million accounts were potentially affected, with hackers stealing personal information from 14 million Facebook users. But, as big as those numbers are, the data breach is actually part of an even larger story: it’s a stark reminder, if ever we needed it, that cyber-criminals are waging a never-ending battle.
When it comes to data breaches, no sector is more vulnerable than retail – that includes finance, insurance, and hospitality. In the U.S. alone, 75 percent of retailers have experienced some form of data breach since opening. A whopping 50 percent of retailers experienced a breach just last year. And that’s up from 19 percent the year before – a staggering year-on-year increase.